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10Instructables106,891Views21CommentsHawley,TexasJoined July 15th, 2008
My name is Kevin Palivec. I'm a network engineer who lives in Texas. I love building useful stuff from scavenged parts.

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  • raht commented on ThomasJ1's instructable Wireless All Sky Camera4 months ago
    Wireless All Sky Camera

    The lens is a rainbow l163vdc4pIt's actually a 1/2 inch sensor lens but I just happened to have one available. It's wide angle and had an iris in it. It's not the best lens for the asi120mc I'm using.I dont get the entire view through it but it's good enough. (for now)Another thing I though of using is an IR-Cutting filter shutter. with the ir filter replaced with something opaque.They're cheaper than a whole auto iris lens..https://www.ebay.com/itm/2Pack-IR-CUT-CS-Lens-Moun...they can use 3.4-5V to trigger the shutter. On the ASI you'd have to find a way to mount it tho.I mainly came up with the iris thing because It was a pain to walk out to the camera. Remove the top. remove the lens.cover the imager.shoot the dark frame.Replace the lens.Re focus (mine always looses focus if I touch...

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    The lens is a rainbow l163vdc4pIt's actually a 1/2 inch sensor lens but I just happened to have one available. It's wide angle and had an iris in it. It's not the best lens for the asi120mc I'm using.I dont get the entire view through it but it's good enough. (for now)Another thing I though of using is an IR-Cutting filter shutter. with the ir filter replaced with something opaque.They're cheaper than a whole auto iris lens..https://www.ebay.com/itm/2Pack-IR-CUT-CS-Lens-Moun...they can use 3.4-5V to trigger the shutter. On the ASI you'd have to find a way to mount it tho.I mainly came up with the iris thing because It was a pain to walk out to the camera. Remove the top. remove the lens.cover the imager.shoot the dark frame.Replace the lens.Re focus (mine always looses focus if I touch the lens! LOLinstead I wanted to sit in my comfy chair and decide. "today I'd like a new darkframe. Set it to 1 for dark frameLet the iris close automatically and shoot the frame. The reopen when I reset darkframe to 0.All the while I never have to get my lazy rump out of the chair! (Ahh the joy of technology!!!)

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  • raht made the instructable Wireless All Sky Camera4 months ago
    Wireless All Sky Camera

    Wonderful project! I added an auto shut iris modificationto help with DarkFrame creation. It blocks light when Darkframe: is set to 1.

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  • raht commented on ThomasJ1's instructable Wireless All Sky Camera4 months ago
  • raht commented on ThomasJ1's instructable Wireless All Sky Camera4 months ago
    Wireless All Sky Camera

    Hello again,I got it running on the Dell Optiplex mini pc. Had to change some syntax in capture.cpp and edit the configs to use my account name on the machine instead of pi (should have just created a pi user on it but.. oh well! =) also had to update libusb but nothing too drastic.I'll get it shoved into a case and let it start watching the skies! Kevin

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  • raht commented on ThomasJ1's instructable Wireless All Sky Camera4 months ago
    Wireless All Sky Camera

    Hello! I've compiled the code and have my camera running on a raspi 2 but I was wondering how hard it would be to compile it to run on a nano sized pc running intel Core i3 64bit with Ubuntu 16.04? the reason being that it has a much larger drive. I can do code for arduino ide but my understanding of editing Makefiles to cross compile to another processor architecture is little to none. I've been doing some digging but I thought I'd ask you to save my sanity! =)Kevin Palivec

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  • How to Make Raspberry Pi Webcam Server and Stream Live Video || Motion + Webcam + Raspberry Pi

    just forward port 8081 to the pi in your router and vala, your camera is on the internet.http://<your internet ip>:8081 unless of course your isp blocks outgoing www ports. then you'd have to use a nonstandard port like 10721 or the like.

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